BA2276: “The Las Vegas Miracle?” A Pilot’s Perspective

Usually after any kind of incident on an airliner, reporters interview distraught passengers who are only all too willing to relay the terrible circumstances that existed on the doomed jet. These sort of interviews make for great television, as our brains instinctively fill in all the missing bits of drama that…

Cathay Pacific Becomes Asia’s Largest Operator of the 777-300ER

On September 28th, Hong Kong-based airline, Cathay Pacific, received its 53rd and final 777-300ER from Boeing, making them the largest operator of the widebody aircraft in Asia. The aircraft, registered as B-HNR, arrived at its new base after completing a delivery flight from Everett, Washington under the callsign CX3339. Boeing began delivery…

Alitalia, American Fly the Papacy Throughout the Northeast and Cuba

With its biggest hub at Rome's Fiumicino Airport, Alitalia, Italy's national carrier, flies to destinations all over the world. However, the airline is very well known in particular for its Papal charters. While Alitalia was able to provide service for the Pope to travel to the United States, they won't be…

The 777-200: A Recap of Recent Incidents

Since Tuesday's accident  at McCarran International in Las Vegas the 777-200 has been involved in fourteen prior aviation accidents and incidents since its first flight back in 1994. As of today, over 1200 Boeing 777 aircraft are in active service, flying for more than 50 airlines. Out of the fourteen occurrences, complete…

Scoot Retires Last 777, Becomes First All 787 Fleet

On September 2, 2015, Singapore-based low-cost carrier, Scoot, announced they had officially transitioned to an all Boeing 787 fleet with the retirement of their last 777-200ER. The transition process has gone very quickly for Scoot as it was only seven months ago that they received their first 787 in a…

British Airways 777-200 Bound for Gatwick Catches Fire at LAS

At approximately 4:03 PM PST, a British Airways 777-200 (G-VIIO) aborted takeoff after a left engine fire at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport, according to the FAA. The FAA reported that the fire ignited shortly before the V1 takeoff roll. Passengers evacuated via the emergency slides, however it appeared as though…

UPDATED: Sources Say That Aircraft Debris Was Found Near Indian…

An investigation is underway near the Indian Ocean to determine the origins of what appears to be a part of an aircraft. In the afternoon (EST), reports began to surface that the BEA (France's version of the NTSB) is investigating an aircraft fragment that appeared on a French Island. View…

American and Qantas increase Their Partnership: Announce New Trans-Pacific Routes

On Tuesday, June 9th, Qantas and American Airlines held a press conference at the IATA Annual General Meeting. In this conference, Doug Parker, American's CEO, and Alan Joyce, Qantas' CEO, sat down to make numerous important announcements having to do with their route networks. Speaking first, Doug Parker addressed members…

Air Canada Launches Premium Transcontiental Routes

Air Canada, the flag carrier of Canada, has launched a premium transcontinental business class product in an effort to catch up with their American counterparts, and to win back business lost to new low cost carriers entering the market. The flights, operated by their 777-300ER, 787-8, A330 and 767 aircraft,…